There are no shortage of left-field driving holidays we’d like to put together but cant – the Monte-Carlo Rally (too cold), the Paris-Dakar (no longer in Dakar), plus a whole host of events in the middle-east where people are inexplicably put-off by the need to drive through Syria. But there’s one Grand Prix Package that’s on our radar for the future, the Macau Grand Prix!
Pick a random F1 driver and the odds are that they’ve won the Macau Grand Prix – Ayrton Senna, Martin Donnelly, David Coulthard, Ralph & Michael Schumacher, and sometime Red Bull Prodigy Dan Ticktum. Like the Monaco Grand Prix, Macau is a tight and tricky street circuit where the cars fly past swanky high-rise apartment blocks overlooking the sea. Unlike Monaco, the Macau Grand Prix isn’t just about the Formula one. Race weekend sees 1000cc Superbikes, World Touring Cars, and FIA GT World Cup racing the iconic street circuit. But the Grand Prix is reserved not for F1 cars, but for F3 cars. Think that sounds a little dull by comparison? Its not. The F3 cars are now reaching close to 180mph at the end of the main straight, and in some sections the circuit is only 7m wide. In 2018 spectators watched, ashen-faced, as Sophia Floersch was catapulted over the sausage-kerbs and into the TV camera stand at just less than that speed. Fortunately, she and everyone else walked away, but it was a reminder what can happen when things go wrong on a street circuit.
But motorsport is dangerous, it says so on the ticket. The Macau Grand Prix is on our bucket list!